Marian Harnett

DEATH:  We offer our sympathy to the family of Eileen Broderick, Upper Purt whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.   We also offer our sympathies to the family of Gerard Ahern, Convent Street and Chicago whose funeral took place on Sunday last.

DIAMOND WEDDING WISHES:  Best wishes to Timmy and Nancy Woulfe, Gortnagross who celebrated 60 years of marriage recently.  Nancy is an O’Donnell from the Hill and Timmy is the best dance teacher in the West and as soon as the lockdown is over we hope to hit the floor again.

NOONAN’S LIGHTS GO FUND ME PAGE:  A reminder that the page is still active and further donations will be much appreciated.

A SPARK FOR TIM GO FUND ME PAGE:  Fr. Tim Galvin is presently engaged in building a secondary school in his new parish in South Sudan and a go fund me page entitled ‘A spark for Tim’ has been set up by one of his West Limerick cousins.  The page is still active and further donations will be most welcome.

NEW COURSES AT THE OLD TECH:  The following free classes are starting up in January: Beginners Woodturning, Beginners Art, Craft class (Papermaking, paper crafts, felting and more!), Knitting for beginners, Experimenting with art (drawing, painting making etc), Basic cooking, Cookery for blokes, baking (Breads, pastry’s & Desserts),  Healthy eating made easy, taste of Italy cookery class, Easy entertaining/summer cookery class, Machine sewing, Furniture Upholstery, Grow your own vegetables class, Beginners Sign Language, Childcare Level 5 & 6, Healthcare Level 5, Beginners Computers, intermediate computers. If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or log onto, click on ‘our courses, and select the location as ‘Abbeyfeale’

HEARTBEAT ZOOM MEETING:   HeartBeat presents a special night with Neurologist Dr. Helena Moore on Monday, January 25 at 8pm. Dr Moore will talk about Stroke avoidance -Stroke treatment -Stroke after-care. Dr. Helena will answer your questions and bring clarity to procedures and field worries people may have in this area. Access to this meeting can be had by texting   for   the   codes   to   085 1773   910   or   emailing [email protected] beforehand.

MEMORY CARD DISPLAY IN FUNERAL PARLOUR:  James Harnett has told me that if anyone wants a copy of one of the memory cards on display in the window of the funeral parlour he’ll sort them out.  Contact him on 087 2500929.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS MARKET:  Jon Nolan returns to the Square on Friday morning next at 8.30am.

TAKEOUT AVAILABLE:  We all need something to look forward to during these months of pandemic so why not treat yourself to a meal from Leens Hotel.  Available from 1-8pm seven days a week.

CHURCH CLOSURE:  Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.  Due to current restrictions around Covid-19 parishioners are not allowed to attend Mass inside the Church Building but you are more than welcome to attend Mass in the Church Car Park in the comfort of your own car and listen to Mass on the Car Park Radio on 107fm. You can also receive Communion at the Grotto.  Due to current restrictions only 6 people are allowed to attend weddings and 10 to attend funerals.  The Blessed Sacrament chapel is open every day from 11-6pm for private prayer.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Wear a high viz jacket every time you go outside on the road especially on a country road, I am in danger of having a heart attack when I am practically on top of people before I see them between low sun, fog, rain and mist.  If you have a panic button, check to make sure it is working by pressing it and speaking to the monitoring service – that’s why they are there 24 hours a day and why you are paying a yearly monitoring service fee.  Gardai are asking people to let them know when people call selling goods or offering services on 068 30010.  Try and make a note of their general description ie height, accent, hair colour, tattoos etc.  Write down the vehicle reg. colour and make.  We are all being asked to make only essential trips to the shops, chemist etc. for the next few weeks to help break the cycle of Covid.   If you need messages collected contact our local Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will organise someone to do them for you.  When you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then,  because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65.  The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72.  There may be some confusion over the word free –  the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring.  I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation..  Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly.    Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.